Wednesday, September 5, 2007

UFC 75: UFC vs. PRIDE FC?



This Saturday, fans will be treated to a night of pay cable (not premium) MMA extravaganza on SPIKE TV @ 9 p.m. from London, England.

Headlining the UFC 75 card will be newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. PRIDE two-division champion Dan "Hollywood" Henderson. They (UFC' marketing team) are calling it "UFC vs PRIDE." Huh?

Prior to Jackson's first round annihilation of fan favorite Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, he was first a King of the Cage, then exclusively a PRIDE FC fighter. Henderson, the PRIDE middleweight and light heavyweight champion, has fought for both the UFC and PRIDE. The cage should not be a factor in this match.

The brolic design of Jackson should collide well with the Henderson's wolverine style of fighting. Henderson is the better all around MMA fighter than Jackson though Jackson has made it a point to beat better wrestlers than him (a razor thin decision over highly skilled Murilo Bustamante and a slam dunk KO over jiu jitsu expert Ricardo Arona).

This fight will come down to the better chin and stamina. And until now, Henderson has provided both. Let's hope the undisputed champion meets the undisputed challenger, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua--provided he gets by Forrest Griffin.

And another fight--especially fighter--that should be noted on the undercard of UFC 75, is Matt Hamill, who will face off with old TV reality nemesis, Michael Bisping. Hamill, is a 31-year-old, hearing impaired American amateur wrestler and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, according to Wikipedia. Not that he will ever get any preferential treatment in the ring or octagon, Hamill's story is a refreshing one for the world of combat sports. Can't help rooting for the underdog fighting away from home.

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